This week has not been a banner one for actor Johnny Depp who is, perhaps, most famous for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.
Depp lost his libel lawsuit against Britain’s The Sun newspaper publisher and, now, Walt Disney Studios has reportedly decided they want nothing to do with him if the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise gets its rumored reboot.
It would seem that, although Depp wasn’t being considered for a starring role in the as-yet untitled sixth POTC film, Disney executives were thinking about casting him in a smaller part — or even a cameo — as the iconic Captain Sparrow. Following the verdict of his lawsuit, however, Disney has apparently abandoned ship in regard to this idea.
Although it is unsurprising that Disney would back away from the drama currently surrounding Depp — the lawsuit involved allegations of domestic violence against the actor’s ex-wife Amber Heard — it is unfortunate news for fans who were hoping to see the movie series’ original star return in some capacity.
Most recently, there were rumors that former Disney Channel star Zac Efron would take over as the Pirates of the Caribbean lead, perhaps as a younger version of Jack Sparrow in a prequel.
At present, IMDB has few details regarding the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean installment. They have noted that Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil) is set to direct and Ted Elliott (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Shrek The Musical) will write the screenplay.
For Depp’s part, there are currently rumors he and Tim Burton may be teaming-up again for Burton’s upcoming streaming The Addams Family series.
It is important to note that The Walt Disney Company has made no formal announcement regarding Pirates of the Caribbean 6 casting or Depp’s return.
Were you hoping Johnny Depp would return for Pirates of the Caribbean 6? What storyline do you think the next movie will have if it gets off the ground in the near future?